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Princeton University
Princeton, NJ, United States
30+ days ago
Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey, United States
30+ days ago


The Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations (CEFR) team at Princeton is part of the Office of the Dean for Research. CEFR works with faculty across all academic areas and serves the University's mission of advancing knowledge by increasing and diversifying research funding and through building partnerships and collaborations with external partners including corporations, foundations, and government entities to support Princeton’s research enterprise and innovation initiatives.

 These external relationships can lead to the transmission of fundamental new knowledge and understanding, as well as innovative solutions to the technological and societal challenges facing our world. The commitment of the University’s partners enhances our researchers’ capacity to conduct groundbreaking research and tackle some of the toughest questions in their fields.


The Senior Associate Director will focus on building and sustaining mutually beneficial relationships with external partners for advancing knowledge and supporting scholarship and research at Princeton.

 The Senior Associate Director works with campus partners including the President and Provost's offices, the Dean for Research, department chairs, center/institute directors and faculty.

 The Senior Associate Director manages a portfolio of external partners and an internal portfolio of faculty and center/institute directors.  

 The Senior Associate Director must have a commitment to advancing collaborations and innovation initiatives with a range of external partners and faculty researchers in the following ways:

 Provide individualized consultation to faculty to address their needs and priorities for research support.  Work independently as well as in partnership with faculty on proposals.

  • Work with academic and research administration, legal and other campus offices during the pre- and post-award phases to ensure compliance of University policies. 
  • Initiate, coordinate, and manage relationships with external partners including companies and foundations that promote the educational, scientific, and scholarly mission of the University.
  • Formulate and execute initiatives, projects, and strategies focused on faculty research collaborations and advancing the innovation ecosystem at Princeton and in the region.
  • Create engagement opportunities to enable, expand, and enrich industry connections on campus.
  • Facilitate research collaborations between industry/external partners and faculty.
  • Cultivate relationships and foster open exchange of ideas between University and foundation leadership.
  • Identify and develop relationships with new and existing corporations to develop projects of mutual interest.


Essential Qualifications

  • Creative and innovative problem solver.
  • Strong personal initiative and self-motivation coupled with a keenness to work in a collaborative team environment.
  • Strategic thinker and purpose driven.
  • A minimum of 10+ years of relevant experience at a R1 research university or in industry, government, or economic development.
  • Comprehensive understanding of university – industry research centric partnerships and the academic research environment.
  • Understanding of multiple types of research agreements and funding (i.e sponsored research agreements, gifts, grants, contracts, gift in kind’s, material transfer agreements, etc).
  • Exceptional project and program management experience.
  • A proactive approach to relationship building, including the ability to initiate conversations with faculty and external partners including industry researchers, foundation program officers, and government officials.
  • Ability to thrive in a complex and dynamic environment, and to manage competing priorities.
  • Excellent judgment and tact, especially with working with faculty and external partners.
  • Resolute integrity and ethics.
  • A good dose of humor and humility.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Ability to lead and influence with informal authority.
  • Master's degree in the natural sciences, engineering, business or other related field is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with faculty and university administrators across a broad range of academic disciplines and to translate and shape complex research projects and University priorities into compelling proposals.
  • Familiarity with corporate/industry affiliates programs and industry associations.
  • Exceptional communication skills (verbal and written).

  Additional Qualifications

  • Understanding of intellectual property.
  • Understanding of IRB compliance.
  • Understanding of export control compliance.
  • Understanding of research conflicts of interest.

 Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime

Job Information

  • Job ID: 62342565
  • Location:
    Princeton, New Jersey, United States
  • Position Title: Senior Associate Director
  • Company Name For Job: Princeton University
  • Job Function: Corporate,
    Academic and Foundation Relations
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
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